Going around Iran from Tehran in the North to the west of Iran in Ahwaz (oil capital) and continue your route from Shiraz and southern roads to south-east then go to the center of Iran and continue your travel in the heart of Iran and going back again to Tehran airport, you will experience a tour in the points of the compass of Ancient Persia only in 11 days.
Tehran Ahwaz Shiraz Yazd via Meymand Isfahan Kashan via Abyaneh
10 UNESCO World Heritages and also many other inspiring places are waiting for you in this tour. This package includes ancient Persian sites which were built by men and women of 5000 years ago in Susa and also natural-historical sites such as cave-houses of Meymand, Hydraulic System of Shustar and Persian gardens with their eastern mansions inside and taking a walk in two great capitals of Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BC): Persepolis and Pasargadae.
10 UNESCO World Heritages: Persepolis, Pasargadae, Susa, Tchogha Zanbil, Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, Meymand and its cultural landscape, Naghsh-e-Jahan Isfahan, Masjed-e Jame Esfahan, Golestan Palace
Persian Gardens: Eram Garden, Dolat-Abad Garden and Chehel-Sotun Garden
Best in March, April, September and October
Day 1: Tehran- Arrival Day
After your arrival at the airport, your guide will greet you; transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Tehran - Ahwaz
In the morning you will go to see National Museum of Iran, aging more than 70 years, containing 300,000 museum objects. It is not only the largest museum of History and Archaeology of the country, but ranks as one of the few most prestigious museums of the world in regard to grand volume, diversity and quality of its huge monuments.
After that you will go to see a UNESCO World Heritage: Golestan Palace that has many places to offer: The Marble Throne, Karim Khani Nook, Pond House, Picture House/Gallery, Brilliant Hall, Museum of Gifts, Containers Hall, Ivory Hall, Mirror Hall, Salam Hall, Edifice of the Sun (Shams ol Emareh) and many other places.
Night flight to Ahwaz.
Day 3: Ahwaz
Today you are going to visit 3 UNESCO World Heritages in Iran: Susa (dates back to 5000 years ago), Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2500 years ago) and Tchogha Zanbil (over 3000 years ago).
Day 4: Bishapour - Shiraz
Early morning departure to Shiraz (Overland), visiting Bishapour city in the afternoon. This day you can visit 6 Bas-Reliefs in the valley of Tang-e Chogan, dated back to Sassanian Dynasty (from 224 AD to 651 AD) and also the ancient city of Bishapur (founded in 266 by Sassanian King Shapur I (241-272)), and the famous Anahita Temple - Anahita is goddess of water in ancient Persia.
Transfer to your hotel in Shiraz.
Day 5: Shiraz
Today you are very welcomed in Shiraz, the city of gardens and nightingales.
We will start our Shiraz tour by Karmikhani complex - Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty who chose Shiraz as his capital. Visiting Zandieh Complex: Karim khan’s citadel, Pars museum, Vakil bath (traditional Iranian bath), Vakil mosque, Vakil bazaar- the traditional bazaar of Shiraz and Moshir caravanserai.
You can visit a very famous Iranian Muslims holy place: Shah-Cheragh Shrine, a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz with unique mirror decoration.
In the evening you can visit Hafez & Saadi tomb (Shiraz is really famous for these two great Persian poets), Eram and Gahan-Nama Garden and Quran gate (with the view over Shiraz).
Day 6: Shiraz
Today you are going to visit the most famous attractions of Ancient Persia in Iran: Persepolis and Pasargadae, two UNESCO world heritages.
First you will visit the great Persepolis. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BCE. As the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during Achemaenian Dynasty, this place was burned by Alexander. The entrance of this ancient city is The Gate of All Nations, so you are welcomed to this city with every nationality that you have. The Apadana Palace, The Throne Hall and tombs of Kings are among various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications that you can see in Persepolis.
We continue our tour by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead). Then you will go to see Pasargadae.
Pasargadae is the capital of the Achaemenid Empire in time of Cyrus the Great and also his tomb (the most famous monument in this site).
Evening drive to Shahr-e Babak, at night you will arrive to another UNESCO world heritage: Meymand and its cultural landscape.
You can have the experience of spending night in one of its cave-houses.
Day 7 Meymand-Yazd
Half day tour of Meymand. The villagers are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists. They change the place of their living in winter and returns to their unusual cave houses that are carved out of the soft rock.
Drive to Yazd a city in the middle of desert. Today you will see Zoroastrian - a religion started in ancient Persia by Zoroaster- culture and life. You will visit a famous Fire Temple of Zoroastrian upon your arrival to Yazd.
Then you will visit a traditional house -now the Water Museum -, in order to see how people of desert used to find and transfer water. After visiting this unique museum you will see the famous Amir-Chakhmagh Square.
Day 8: Yazd - Isfahan
In the morning you will have a visit of Masjed Jam-e Yazd with its remarkable minarets and architecture. Then you will go to Dolat-Abaad Garden, a UNESCO world heritage in the category of Persian Gardens. This garden has the biggest adobe wind catcher in the world.
Then you continue your visit to Esfahan (overland). This city is famous for its bridges, minarets, mosques and palaces. In the evening you will visit Jolfa district and see Vank cathedral. This cathedral has been built in 1606. The mixture of Iranian architecture and decoration with Italian style of painting creates a unique cathedral.
At night you can see Isfahan famous Bridges Siosepol and Khaju.
Day 9: Isfahan
Today tour of Isfahan starts with the UNESCO world heritage: Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq. Once a royal polo court, this site was the official center of the city, when the city was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque), located in the southern side of the square with wonderful architecture and tile-work. We then visit the multistory Aliqapu Palace, stood on the western side of the square, from which the Safavid kings used to view the polo games and ceremonies. Then you will visit Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or Ladies Mosque) that is located on the opposite side of the square. You can take a tour in a traditional Iranian Bazaar.
Then you will continue your tour to see Chehel-Sotun Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage in the category of Persian Garden).
You can also visit Masjed-e Jame Esfahan - a UNESCO world heritage - in this day, a beautiful mosque with unique architecture (over 12 hundred years ago).
Day 10 Isfahan - Abyaneh - Kashan
Morning drive to Kahsan via Abyaneh.
Morning tour of Abyaneh. This village is one of the significant villages of Iran- with its unique red soil and colorful dresses of its women.
Then you will drive to Kashan which is located near Abyaneh. This city is famous for its traditional houses. After a visit of some of these houses you will go to see Tepe Sialk (The Sialk Louvre, and the Institut Francais de Recherche en Iran also verifies the oldest settlements in Sialk date back to 5500–6000 BC.)
Then have a different experience of staying in one of the traditional hotel of this city that is in combination with modern facilities.
Transfer to Imam Khomeini International Airport for your departure.
Day 7: Kerman
After visiting Meymand, we will go to Kerman and start a full day tour in Kerman and Mahan, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. We will also visit Shazdeh (Prince) Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage in the category of Persian Garden).
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